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2022 Qilaut Inuktut songwriting contest winners

25 January 2023

Public Service Announcement
2022 Qilaut Inuktut songwriting contest winners

The Department of Culture and Heritage is pleased to announce the winners of Qilaut 2022. The Qilaut Inuktut songwriting contest celebrates Nunavut’s vibrant Inuktut music scene and promotes the use of Inuktut in all areas of daily life.

The department received more than 30 submissions and the songs were judged by a peer-panel based on originality, creativity, melody and lyrics. The judges included Leena Evic, Mary Poisey, and Jo Ellen Pameolik.

The winning songs are:

  • 1st    Jocelyn Ukutak Malla  Kajjaarijara
  • 2nd   Rosalie Pissuk  Siqiniq Qaumalirivuq
  • 3rd    Rosalie Pissuk  Tariurmi Sukkaitumik Kaggaaraqtuq
  • 4th    Shawna Seeteenak  Malinnga
  • 5th    Abraham Eetak  Takugakkit
  • 6th    Eva Okatsiak  Anaanaga tuksiaqpuq
  • 7th    Jocelyn Arreak  Kajjaarijakka
  • 8th    Abraham Eetak  Quvianaqtuq
  • 9th    Joanasie Aglak  Inuusivut Aksurungnaqtuq
  • 10th  Eli Qaqqasiq-Taqtu  Upinngaarainnuk

The top three winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 respectively, and the seven runners-up receive $500 each. All 10 songs will be professionally recorded, and a CD will be released featuring the winning songs.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Qilaut 2022. The judges were very impressed by everyone’s talent and creativity. Look out for Qilaut 2023 in the fall!


Media Contact:

Seané d’Argencourt-Printup
Manager Communications
Department of Culture and Heritage